Some call him incompetent, but does that descriptor apply when the subject isn't even trying? More often than not, President Obama doesn't bother to attend his daily national security briefings. He's so darn smart he's miraculously already briefed, and even more wonderful to behold, he never has a question. We're supposed to believe it's because he already knows all the answers. But indifference explains the empty chair presidency better. The Cliff Notes version gives President Obama all the intelligence his mega-brain needs (assuming he reads it, which is a leap of faith I'm not willing to make).
His chair at the table was empty even on the day after the murderous attacks on the consulate in Benghazi:
The president was scheduled to hold the intelligence meeting at 10:50 a.m. Wednesday, the day after the attacks, but it was canceled so that he could comfort grieving employees at the State Department — as well he should. But instead of rescheduling the intelligence briefing for later in the day, Obama apparently chose to skip it altogether and attend a Las Vegas fundraiser for his re-election campaign. One day after a terrorist attack.(Video clips of that event here.)
The damage done, beyond the apparently preventable deaths of Amb. Stevens, Sean Smith, and former Navy SEALS Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, is significant. Sensitive documents are missing and other lives are threatened. Bryan Preston:
Some of the missing papers from the consulate are said to list names of Libyans who are working with Americans, putting them potentially at risk from extremist groups . . .Awkward, that.
It would be kind of nice to have some answers to how and why this calamity was allowed to happen. But, since the president's not really into answering questions about national security crises or terrorist attacks on Americans, perhaps someone could prevail upon the Pimp with the Limp to bring that up next time Obama calls in to his hip radio show. Or maybe we could get Jay-Z to ask him on Tuesday why nothing was done to secure the embassies in Cairo and Libya, in spite of warnings. The administration kinda-sorta denies they had credible information well in advance of attacks in Benghazi. But the official account of what happened there, sketchy as it is, doesn't make sense. Please read John HInderaker's analysis of the nonsensical timeline we've been given. A bit:
The explanation of how Stevens died from smoke inhalation is curious at best:Please, Mr. Jay-Z, America needs answers. You can fill the chair as well as anybody.
Mr Stevens, it is believed, was left in the building by the rest of the staff after they failed to find him in dense smoke caused by a blaze which had engulfed the building.
So they fled the building without the Ambassador? And where were the terrorists at that point? They had attacked the building with RPGs, as I understand it, and the building evidently was on fire. Did the terrorists just evaporate and allow the other staff members to leave?
Supposedly, a group of friendly Libyans found Ambassador Stevens lying unconscious in the burned-out safe house and took him to a hospital. This apparently is when the photos we have seen were taken. The crowd doesn’t look particularly friendly to me. But where were the terrorists while that was going on?
Some hours later, apparently, a large group of Americans was rescued from the “safe house.” How can that be? The safe house was on fire. Did they arrive after an earlier group had departed from the safe house, and the friendly Libyans had removed Ambassador Stevens’s body?
Edited to add this must-read column from Michelle Malkin: The Hip-Hop President: All Swag, No Cattle:
Wazzup, President Obama? You’ve got room on your schedule to schmooze hip-hop radio DJs, debate Nicki Minaj’s rap lyrics, hobnob with big donor celebs Jay-Z and Beyonce, and hang with Hollywood gossip TV anchors.Read the rest. We should be as angry as our president is detached. As Michelle said the other day, "if your blood isn't boiling, you're not paying attention!"
We see your passion on the golf course, basketball court and beach. We see you late night on Letterman and Leno. We see your boundless energy on the campaign trail. We see your Twitter donation solicitations from dusk till dawn.
But when it comes time to play leader of the free world in times of international crisis, it’s “see ya, wouldn’t wanna be ya.” He’s all swag, no cattle.
I know I’m not the only one who was flabbergasted by Obama’s bloodless Rose Garden appearance following the planned two-part 9/11/12 jihadi attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which resulted in the deaths of four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens.
Many thanks to MichelleMalkin.com for the Buzzworthy link.
Many thanks, also, to BadBlue for a big link.
Same to Larwyn!
Thanks also to Michelle's Mirror. Perfect headline: Today’s Intelligence Briefing has been cancelled due to lack of interest and aptitude.
Thanks also to Fausta for her link.
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